Grown on the Wattle Grove vineyard – one acre, unirrigated – in the (upper) Yarra Valley. Tip top wine. Really delicious. Strong with honeysuckle and lactose, long with lime and nectarine, a touch flinty, perhaps just ever-so-slightly toasty. It boasts classic, cool lines but it also comes with personality (and texture) laid on. You have to enjoy lactose notes, granted, but in that context it’s a beauty.
2019 Chardonnay Reviewed by Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front Chardonnay from the Seville Hill Vineyard. As with the Marsanne of the same vintage we’re seeing lovely cool lines of flavour here. This is longer and finer, more shy as well, with nectarine, grapefruit and citrus rushing through subtle lactose and spice. There’s a chalkiness to the finish, along with a keen sense that yet more is tucked up its sleeve. It’s lean and long but it’s going places.
Featured in "Andrew's Top 12 Rosé of Spring 2020" Shiraz Rosé from the Silvan Reservoir vineyard in the Yarra. Coppery, bony, phenolic and achingly dry. Has some vinosity and power, even if it’s a bit too firm for mine. Quality and intent, regardless. Best drinking: now.
17.5/20, 91/100. 12.5%, $28. Would I buy it? A glass.
This is a delicious wine delivering Marsanne traits of apricot pith, freshly lain tatami mat and tisane, slung across a leesy core and rails of bright acidity. Not high, but palpable enough. Notes of oatmeal biscuit to curd and nougat define the mid-palate. An exciting wine auguring well for the variety in the Yarra. 93 Points
this drinks like a soft, cantaloupe and white fig-scented Chardonnay from the Maconnais, the southern extremity of Burgundy. Mid-weighted, plump and mellifluous of flow. Some porridge and creamed cashew riffs at its core. A whiff of truffled wild yeast, too. A nice chime of discord across an Australian landscape of skinny reductive wines. Relaxed, eminently drinkable and packed with flavour.
A light-weighted herb-inflected rosé, dry and thirst-slaking, indicating just how exciting the category can be in Australia of late. A light coral with copper edges. Sour cherry, musk stick, tangerine, lemon verbena and orange zest to blossom. The finish long, bright and crunchy. A highly versatile and delicious wine, far more satisfying than the majority of dross from Provence
2018 Grenache Reviewed by Ned Goodwin MW Heathcote fruit. A lighter expression of Grenache crafted across a few different fermentations, including one with whole-bunches. With that there is an obvious carbonic element to the wine: think floral jubey red fruit scents. A swathe of tamarind, rosewater and kirsch meld with a gentle skirt of herb-crusted tannins and a lilt of clove. A spicy, energetic finish. This is best drunk on the cooler side with an irreverent frame of mind
Zing! Look at that electric ruby colour. Light and fresh, crisp and gently sweet, soft finish, a bit diffuse, but has the vibe of a good times, easy drinking, cool as, pretty light red. Done pretty well, perhaps not enough cut n thrust, but a chill will tighten this and away we go! Fun!
April 2020 2019 "No Additions" Marsanne Reviewed by Mike Bennie - The Wine Front No additions but a lot of skin contact, which I guess some in the white wine purity sect see as an addition, but hey, if it’s good enough for red grapes, it should be good enough for white wines, right? Lots of character here. Strong bergamot and smoky tea characters, clove spiked orange, blood orange, a web of fine, tight tannins, crisp acidity. It sits leaner than expected in the palate but I like the gist. It’s one to share around, and, importantly, would be heaps better with something greasy or fatty on a plate at the table. It’s done well.
March 2020 2018 'The Good Earth' Marsanne Reviewed by Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
Voluptuous whites such as Marsanne make for great autumn night drinking.
Golden sunset in the glass, there's plenty of complexity ready to dive into right here. Quite rich and generous, toasted nuts, honey aromas, white fleshed peach and lemon rind surge on opening. A little waxy and flinty, vanilla cream and marscapone add savoury appeal as does fennel and almond meal. Finishing chalky with citrus zest, it's a wonderful wine now and I'd love to see how it evolves in bottle over the next decade+
Fragrant aromas of white pepper, dried herbs, green grape stems, cranberry and pomegranate. Nice, light on start. The palate follows well, tightly wound, just shy of medium weight, distinctly cool climate in its make up and feel. Glides well, finds a neat sheath of sleek tannin and quietly moves along into the distance. Real good.
2016 'The Good Earth' Syrah Reviewed by Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
I often get asked what I enjoy drinking and Yarra Valley Shiraz/Syrah is near the top of the list. It's medium bodied profile is so easy to gravitate to. This wine from Alkimi has always struck a chord with me. I've often bought it from winemaker Stu Dudine and I've been known to take it camping. It's such a great slurp on a cool night by the fire.
And although those camping settings seem far from reality in the current climate, I could happily sip away at this while embarking on social distancing. If the recent tasting session is any example, a bottle doesn't stand a chance.
A little stemmy initially by that can't sway you from the entrancing red fruit and flower aromas. There's a touch of smoky meat, but delicate fine pepper purrs through the mouth. Medium bodied, it's smooth delivery and and super fine tannins ensure this is a wine to kick back with to be enjoyed to the fullest. There's some impressive consistency here compared to previous vintages too - though this 2016 release seems the better. Run for this - I've already ordered six.
Drink to five years.
2016 'The Good Earth' Syrah Reviewed by Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review Proper cool climate Shiraz/Syrah here from the Warramunda Vineyard in the Yarra. 25% whole bunches in the mix and matured in 30% new oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. White pepper powder as the first character but it’s not peppery in the rotundone mode. White rather than black pepper. Actually it’s probably more Pinot than Syrah, with cherry fruit and a real tang. It’s lithe and a little bony, a wine of acidity and some subtlety, refreshment but not instant gratification. Interest high all the same. Best drinking: from now. I would tend to drink earlier rather than later myself but this style of understated Yarra Shiraz/Syrah doesn’t typically fall over in a hurry. 17.5/20, 91/100. 13.2%, $32. Would I buy it? A glass or two.
February 2020 2019 "No Additions" Marsanne Reviewed by Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Laden with ginger, some honey florals, aniseed and tangerine, with a pleasant sweatiness (I’d say like a woman’s gym clothes, though that may get me into trouble?). It’s a bit juicy, spicy and orange/apricot flavoured, bright with a slight kombucha tang, fine sandy tannin, and a zesty peel finish of good length. Nicely done.
2019 Rosé Reviewed by Gary Walsh - The Wine Front Upper Yarra Valley grapes. Syrah makes pretty good rosé. Pale in colour, dry in flavour. Red fruits, some spice, fennel, vanilla. Some cranberry and blood orange tang, strawberry, fine powdery texure, slight earthiness on the finish. All very good. 92 Points
From the Humis vineyard in Heathcote, it’s a sprightly, vital Grenache in a welcome modern mode. Made from fruit split into 3 batches with varying levels of whole bunches, whole berries and time on skins, it’s light coloured, tangy and raspberry-laden. You could close your eyes and imagine it’s Yarra Nebbiolo, except the raspberry fruit is all Grenache (and those aren’t Nebbiolo tannins). Speaking of tannins, this has no shortage of tannic grip, which means you wouldn’t call it an easy wine. But the raspberry tang and the mid palate sweet fruit make this quite appealing. Unconventional, sure, but the interest factor is high. Well worth a glass or two for drinking over the next few years.
17.7/20, 92/100 Rated: 92 points
2019 "The Rhone Series" Rosé Reviewed by Steve Leszczynski - Qwine Stu Dudine tears out some pretty smart wines. Here's another great Rosé from his very consistent label.
Made from Yarra Valley Syrah, the red fruits and berries here are screaming out for attention.
Red fruit and currants are joined by orange peel, some earthiness and a moreish textural appeal which leaves dried herbs in its wake. Some rhubarb rises late and finishes with a dash of white pepper. Super tasty gear.
2019 "No Adds" Marsanne Reviewed by Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
A textural dream boat. Mind you, skin contact wines don't float everyone's boat, but if yours is sailing strongly with the wind, get hold of this beauty. A fabulous take on Marsanne.
Made from single vineyard Yarra Valley fruit with zero additions and oozing with personality, there's so much to love about this wine. It's juicy and lengthy, moreish and framed with fine spices. Ginger and ginger nut biscuits early before being seduced loads of blood orange and apricot kernels. A bright orange cordial like appearance in the glass captures the eye as the mouth is laced by fine soft spices, some citrusy tang and a crisp acidity. Large pours please.
September 2019 2018 'The Good Earth' Marsanne Bronze Medal - Melbourne Wine Awards Bronze Medal - Yarra Valley Wine Show
2017 'The Good Earth' Marsanne Reviewed by Mike Bennie in Wine Business Magazine.
A character-filled Marsanne showing textural nuance, ripe lemon and ripe lime citrus fruit characters, touches of marzipan and a core of brisk, refreshing acidity. There’s a comely whiff or sea spray and an associated flavour in the mix too. A worthy wine to seek out. .11.9%
Rated: 93 points
2018 'The Good Earth' Syrah Rosé Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.
“Silvan Reservoir Vineyard. This is a single vineyard wine.” That’s what it says on the back label, just to make it very clear. Slightly smoky, white cherry, aniseed. Light, but flavoursome, some pink grapefruit tang, fine chalky texture, clean finish of good length. Tickle of Co2 spritz. Nicely done.
2017 'The Good Earth' Mourvèdre Gary Walsh - The Wine Front Mataro from Geelong, of all places.Only just medium-bodied, raspberry, leather, spice and smoke. It falls to more savoury and earthy in profile, bright almost cranberry acidity, a little scratching tannin, and a fresh finish with dried herb. Tasty.
2017 'The Good Earth' Grenache Qwine A lip smacking Grenache with a kiss of savoury goodness partnering juicy fruit. Yummo! From a 35-year-old Upper Goulburn vineyard perched 250 metres above. Five percent whole bunches were used. Bottled unfiltered and unlined. A little cloudy (I dig the funk), but the fruit is vibrant and enticing. Lots of red things - cherries, raspberry coulis, rhubarb and berries. Subtle earthiness is framed by dried Mediterranean herbs and a dusting of black pepper. Ideal for a range of foods but the versatility cranks up a gear if popped in the fridge for ten minutes on warmer days.Drink now to five years.
I'm breaking my Geelong Mourvedre duck here. How much Mourvedre is in Geelong I wonder? A fair question I suppose, one I should throw to Stu Dudine the maker of this stuff. Regardless, one whiff and this has my attention.Sourced from a Single Vineyard called the Rowsley Fault Vineyard, this is Dudine's first tilt at a Geelong Mourvedre. It's an unirrigated site on the Moorabool River. One-third of the fruit sealed in a tank where carbonic maceration on skins took place for three weeks. Matured in old oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Quite a light Mourvedre, that's for sure. Many expect such wines to be gutsy and weighty - not so here.Coming in at 13.5%, it seems quite dancy to use a term. Agile on its feet and beautifully medium bodied, it skips about without obstruction. There's much to admire about its flow. Bright red berries and red summer fruits, that typical Mourvedre earthiness can't hide for too long, however. Blueberries crawl out with more time in the glass as does some citrus peel and char. Enchanting spices at the death just stick and urge you back for more. Quite a versatile wine, pop it in the fridge in the warmer months to open another range of possibilities. A great drink.Drink now to three years.
93/100 Region: Geelong RRP: $32 Source: Sample
2018 'The Good Earth' Rosé Qwine
I sat by the river slurping this watching the shadows of the afternoon get longer and longer. A wonderful picnic wine if I do say so myself.Made from single vineyard Yarra Valley fruit, this is impressive at every turn. Rose gold in the glass, attractive aromas of mandarin peel, red apple skin, apricot kernel, strawberries and cream plus watermelon husk. If that's not enough to get you in the mood, you're hard pressed.Fine spice waltz across the mouth sprinkled atop a bed of red fruit and dried red berries. A super long and persistent finish caps off a cracking wine which will be drained from the bottle in no time. And it was. Great stuff. Drink now.
Region: Yarra Valley RRP: $27 Source: Sample
2015 'The Good Earth' Syrah Decanter Magazine UK - Rated 91 Points This is a classic, medium bodied, cool climate Shiraz. Beautiful weight, with a surge of cherries and damsons, plus a savoury hint in the background.
December 2017 2017 "The Good Earth" Syrah Rosé Gary Walsh - The Wine Front "Tis the season for Rosé. Recent"
"From the Rising Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. The Good Earth. The Good Life. Some funk and inner tube here, red fruit, raw almond and musk. It’s light and tangy to taste, with a ruby red grapefruit meets just picked strawberry flavour, a little spice, a subtle dusty texture, and a juicy slightly bitter finish of good length. Almost into white wine flavours, to an extent, but plenty of vigour and appeal.
2015 "The Good Earth" Syrah The 2015 Syrah keeps getting better! The Syrah has been included in Wine Business Magazine's "100 Outstanding Wines" in the September/October 2017 issue. Reviewed by Mike Bennie. 93 points.
August 2017 Two stellar reviews from James Halliday (Wine Companion). James is one of the most iconic and influential people in the Australian wine industry. He left a career in law to establish both Brokenwood (Hunter Valley) and Coldstream Hills (Yarra Valley) and has been in the industry for over 40 years. What James thinks: 2016 "The Good Earth" Marsanne "From the Wattle Glen Vineyard at Mt Evelyn, Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed to used French oak for fermentation and 9 months maturation on lees (no mlf). The pale straw-green wine already has complex texture and structure, with a mix of vibrant grapefruit notes criss-crossed by flinty acidity and roasted almonds. Its bloodlines guarantee its capacity to develop yet more over the next 10 years. 95 points Drink by 2026"
2015 "The Good Earth" Syrah "From the Warramunda Vineyard, 75% destemmed for an 18-day fermentation, 25% whole bunches, matured in oak (17% new Hungarian) for the remainder of the year before blending and bottling, 300 dozen made. Spice, pepper, lavender and clove aromas lead into a textured medium-bodied palate with black and blue fruits to the fore, fine tannins bringing up the rear. Sophisticated winemaking. 94 points. Drink by 2030
2016 "The Good Earth" Grenache Rosé 92 points
June 2017 Huon Hooke is a straight shooting wine reviewer, commentator, wine judge. He has been contributing to numerous Australian and global wine publications for over 20 years. From Huon Hooke: Alkimi Wines 2015 "The Good Earth" Roussanne Full to deep yellow colour with a slightly toasty, ripe, developed bouquet with some complex lees and bottle-aged nuances. The palate is full-bodied and rich, concentrated and warm, with a little alcohol warmth, which is easily balanced by the generosity of flavour. Excellent. Very long and satisfying.
June 2017 Huon Hooke Reviews the 2015 Alkimi "The Good Earth" Syrah
What Huon thinks.. "92 Points Deep but bright red/purple hue and a spicy, lifted, aromatic bouquet, which is seemingly cool-climate and this accords with the palate which is elegant and medium to full-bodied, the tannins ample but measured and supple. Some smoky oak notes. A lovely wine, already a pleasure to drink."
June 2017 Nice words from one of Queensland's most passionate wine reviewers about the 2016 Marsanne. www.qwinereviews.com
2016 Alkimi Wines "The Good Earth" Marsanne Yarra Valley Marsanne - there's not much of it going around. Only 80 dozen of this was produced. A delicious wine and a great example of why wines shouldn't be consumed too cold. Layers of personality and interest come in waves here. Whole bunch pressed and fermented in old oak. Nine months on lees and bottled without fining or filtration. Almond meal, grapefruit and lemon juice spring to mind immediately. Some honeyed tones are built into the frame. There's something lurking in the mix which I can only describe as praline. A creamy pulse beats consistently throughout with a waxy finish coating the mouth. The finish is long, textural and certainly pleasurable. Lots to love here.
Drink now to ten years. 93/100 Region: Yarra Valley RRP: $27 Source: Sample Review link here
May 2017 A great review of the 2016 "The Good Earth" Marsanne from Stuart Robinson aka The Vinsomniac.
"Alkimi The Good Earth Marsanne 2016 Good to see Yarra Marsanne on offer at a fairly affordable price, it’s something I think of as being at least north of $30.
The aromatics here are fairly intriguing: cut fennel, honeyed florals for sure, but also backed up with a liberal sprinkling of exotic spice. Exotic a term - one imagines - is relative to your familiarity with your spice rack. Reasonable degree of texture, with a generous length of lemon balm flavour coursing through the middle. It feels fairly nimble on the palate, backed up with a little phenolic pinch. A resurgent wash of citrus across the back palate just reels you back in for a second sip, lo and behold it’s an action you find yourself repeating. Great drinking. 92 Points Tasted on: Tuesday 23rd May, a Leaf to Fruit day Source: Sample Price: $26 Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Screwcap Website: http://www.alkimiwines.com/
October 2016 The Wine Front is a well respected wine review and commentary group in the modern Australian wine scene. From Gary Walsh: Alkimi Wines 2016 "The Good Earth" Grenache Rosé "There’s 60 dozen produced from (presumably a tonne of grapes purchased from) the Willoughby Bridge Vineyard in Heathcote. I very much like the label. It’s also so much better in style, and more convincing, than last year’s rosé from this producer. Great to see that. Pale colour. Some smokiness and spice, redcurrant, fresh cut roses, fennel and tangerines. It’s a gentle style, with a subtle dusty texture, spice and earth, and a tangerine twist through almost ripe fresh strawberries dusted with white pepper. Finish is fresh and pretty long, leaving a trail of powdery texture. Nicely done. Great to drink."
Reviewed by Patrick Eckel, he says 'The wine is a bright reflective red in the glass, the nose gives generous spice but is light on its feet, the palate has a line of spice running through wild strawberry and blueberry fruit.' and awards this 2015 vintage 91 points. The full review can be found here.
Patrick also reviewed the 2015 "Le Mistral" Rosé (87 pts) and 2014 Syrah (93 pts) recently. All three reviews can be found via this link.
Patrick loves wine so much he planted a vineyard in his backyard in Woodend, Victoria. His potential for a commercial operation is limited only by his allocation of land on his property!
July 2015 Our first review and we're pretty chuffed with the result. Steve (Qwine) is a passionate winewriter who loves to talk wine and equally loves reviewing. Check the full review here. Catch him on Twitter: @Qwine